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Mystery surrounds death of arctic divers

Posted on Wednesday, 27 September, 2006 | Comment icon 29 comments


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"Five hundred miles north of Alaska, a group of shipmates from the Coast Guard cutter Healy tossed a football on the blue-and-white, diamond-hard Arctic ice."

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Comment icon #20 Posted by jarhead on 24 December, 2006, 23:29
I'm a diver, although not an artic diver. I would have to lean towards hypothermia, mix problems or equipment failure. Yet, I would find it difficult to imagine that both divers had the same equipment problem. I do agree that sometimes it is difficult to get details from our government. I, however, would be hesitant to propose a coverup.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Unknown Pwn on 24 September, 2007, 8:17
I think its possible that due to the cold water and the possability that they were diving on Nitrox where the atmosperic content of what they are breathing contains a greater fraction of oxygen ballanced against the nitrogen in the blend they were using mite have become toxic at an other wise "shallow" depth for whats know as oxygen poisoning, where , past 255feet oxygen becomes more and more toxic to the body and needs a special mixture of gasses, usualy helium, to offset this phenomenon of oxygen poisoning. The extreem cold water coupled with a Nitrox mix could in theory become toxic at the ... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by keithisco on 24 September, 2007, 16:35
Is this story? 8 months old! And the deaths were mearly 14 months ago. I suspect the answers are already posted somewhere. Just noticed that someone has "Bumped" this thread Exclusive: Coast Guard Deaths Were Preventable Arctic Dive Incident Killed Two Coast Guard Divers By CLAYTON SANDELL Jan. 12, 2007 Font Size E-mail Print Share A report released today sheds new light on the mysterious deaths of two U.S. Coast Guard divers killed during a training dive in the Arctic last summer. According to the report, the divers may have carried too much weight that they could not easily jettison in an un... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by klc9100 on 24 September, 2007, 18:07
I'm a diver, although not an artic diver. I would have to lean towards hypothermia, mix problems or equipment failure. Yet, I would find it difficult to imagine that both divers had the same equipment problem. I do agree that sometimes it is difficult to get details from our government. I, however, would be hesitant to propose a coverup. i don't know much at all about diving, but wouldn't you kinda know something was wrong with your breathing aparatus or your mixture & atleast make an attempt to come up or would it just be instant death??? hypothermia wouldn't set in that quick, especially... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Bear's Quest on 24 September, 2007, 18:59
Is this story? 8 months old! And the deaths were mearly 14 months ago. I suspect the answers are already posted somewhere. Just noticed that someone has "Bumped" this thread I too noticed that, and the sources are expired... Where are the bodies? What was the diagnosis?
Comment icon #25 Posted by Eric Raven The Skeptic on 24 September, 2007, 20:32
We'll probably never find out what killed them, especially if it was something out of the ordinary. The government would, of course, not tell us; they're to busy trying to make sure that nothing disrupts their perfect little normal world. I don't think this shows up as a blip for the government. Come on. Really.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Unknown Pwn on 24 September, 2007, 22:43
faulty equiptment dosent explain how they ended up 189ft under water, espiecally when they were attached to the ship by "ropes". Arccording to what i have read the dive was only schduled for 20ft. Somehow they decended to a depth of 189ft (at least) in a matter of 2 min. Normally it would take about 30min to safely reach that depth. Im not being mean, but 189 feet realy isnt very deep and can be reached much more quickly than 2 min quite safely. Each of the divers carried approximately 60 pounds of weight-- twice the recommended amount-- in the pockets of their buoyancy compensation devices, o... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by camlax on 25 September, 2007, 1:09
In that temperature you are going to wearing dry suits, Stings of most animals are not going to be able to harm you, any sting that does will probably be pretty noticeable. The suits probably had a fan in it to circulate warm air, any number of technical things can go wrong with your suit or air source in temperature extremity dives that can kill you in under 10 minutes. I love SCUBA diving, though I have not renewed my license or gone in years, but any experienced diver can tell you, the underwater world is a hostile environment and you do not have to be hundreds of feet down for something to... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by klc9100 on 25 September, 2007, 2:02
In that temperature you are going to wearing dry suits, Stings of most animals are not going to be able to harm you, any sting that does will probably be pretty noticeable. The suits probably had a fan in it to circulate warm air, any number of technical things can go wrong with your suit or air source in temperature extremity dives that can kill you in under 10 minutes. I love SCUBA diving, though I have not renewed my license or gone in years, but any experienced diver can tell you, the underwater world is a hostile environment and you do not have to be hundreds of feet down for something to... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Bear's Quest on 26 September, 2007, 17:20
Hmmm... still unexplained? A mystery!


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